Deschutes Steelhead Update

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Photo by Louis Cahill

Photo by Louis Cahill

Things are looking up for this season’s steelheading on the Deschutes.

Last year was an interesting one for Deschutes steelhead anglers. Between the fires and low numbers of returning fish, a lot of anglers decided to sit the season out. It was nice having the river to ourselves, and in spite of the well publicized low return, we had great fishing.

Things look much better for this year. Numbers of returning fish are up significantly over last year and guides I know are reporting good catch rates and reduced river traffic. There’s some blackened grass in spots but the bushes and trees are in good shape. It looks like it’s lining up to be a good season. 

We still have a few spots open for our Deschutes camp trip in Sept. Shoot me an email at if you’d like to join us for one of the funnest fishing trips I know.

Louis Cahill
Gink & Gasoline
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